I Don’t Read Blogs

I Don’t Read Blogs

Blogs in blue

I don’t read blogs, I read email.

Sound familiar?

I can’t find enough time during the day to hop around to different blogs to read updates. If I could, I would. I’m missing out on some really cool ideas, personalities, stories and inspiration.

I hate missing out!

Google reader has been available for some time. It allowed you to just log into your Google account and see all the blogs you follow. That service is no longer available after Monday (thanks for the reminder Mama Laughlin). See what you can learn from following blogs?

Have you heard of Bloglovin’? Cheesy name for a really cool and simple-to-use program. It’s a way to get updates from your favorite blogs in email form. Not a billion emails…just one.

bloglovin

Here’s what you do:

  1. Head on over to www.bloglovin.com
  2. Create an account for free
  3. Search for blogs you love (if you already know of some you like) such as organizedCHAOSonline. Just sayin’.
  4. Whenever you happen upon a blog you like, look for the “bloglovin” image or clickable link to add to your list (image can also look like this bloglovin widget and appear in a group of social icons like we have at the top right of the blog).
  5. Wait for your daily email and do literally nothing but read what they send you.

It’s so easy and you get just ONE email a day. Have I mentioned that, yet? No junk or overloaded inboxes, here.

If you are familiar with following blogs and you are one of those people who are freaking out a little about losing the blogs you already follow? Gimme Some Oven posted a detailed (and also simple) how-to list.

Now that you’re all set up, test it out by following us. If you don’t like it, you can unfollow.

Fight Feeling Stifled at Work by Blogging

Fight Feeling Stifled at Work by Blogging

Jim on desk the office

In a perfect world, you’d wake up each morning, do what you love and get paid gobs of money for doing it. You wouldn’t have to deal with office drama, feeling bored and dreading that inevitable Monday morning.

That’s not possible for many of us. So, what do you do in order to not go bat sh*t crazy in the corporate world?

Have you thought of blogging?

What is blogging?

It’s a web log. Shorten the words and smoosh ’em together and youv’e got yourself a weblog.
It’s a form of networking. You write, you share and people read. That’s the most simple way to put it.

You’re reading a blog right now.

Who can blog?

You. When you’re at work thinking of all the things you’d rather be doing, what’s at the top of your list? What do you want to rant about? What makes you feel empowered?

What kind of blogger are you?

According to Zemanta.com, there are 7 types of bloggers:

  1. HEDONIST: Hedonists promote different lifestyles to enrich people’s daily routines. They are emotional and are not afraid to express feelings or reach out to others.
  2. TECHIE: Techies don’t get much satisfaction from the writing process, but enjoy spreading their word, sharing knowledge and educating.
  3. PROFESSIONAL: Professionals present accomplishments and seek feedback from their followers. For them, blogging is all about making connections.
  4. PREACHER: Preachers enjoy sharing content and interacting. They are all about studying content, presenting key viewpoints and opening a platform for further discussion.
  5. LIFE IMPROVER: Life improvers share know-how, give support and instruct people how to improve their life.
  6. BEAUTY HUNTER: Beauty hunters create or promote beautiful things, educate others and exchange opinions.
  7. LIFE STAGER: Life stagers are focused on life task situations, such as parenting, student life, marriage, senior life, etc. They are focused on emotional benefits of blogging. They search for help or they want to share their experience and make someone else’s life easier.

More of a visual person?

zemanta blog graph

What should you name your blog?

To figure out a name, you can use your own (that’s easy) or you figure out what your blog is going to be about.

How do you figure out what you want to write about?

Think about this: When you want to escape or just get away from it all, what do you resort to? Crafting? Organizing? Talking with friends? Research?

Whatever your answer is probably describes your passion. Your passion is likely what you’re great at…naturally.

Now you have your subject and can come up with your name.

How and where do you start a blog?

Starting a blog is free. Now that you’ve discovered your name (ish), you can go to any of the following blog options (they are listed with the first three being the most popular) and get started.

We listed our 4 favorites and have enlisted the help of LifeHacker to explain our favorites.

wordpress

WordPress is a popular open source blogging platform along the lines of the venerable Swiss Army knife.

blogger

Blogger is a popular and free blogging service owned by Google. Blogger’s big draw is ease of use and nearly instant setup. You can go from blog-less to publishing your first post in under 15 minutes thanks to its extremely easy setup process.

tumblr

Tumblr is an interesting fusion between a full-fledged blog and a Twitter feed. Known as short-form or micro blogging, the style of blogging on a Tumblr blog is focused on short and frequent posts that are normally longer (or more focused on media like images or video) than Twitter updates but not as involved and formal as a regular blog post.

posterous

Posterous aims to be an absolutely no-fuss and zero-stress way to blog. You don’t need to sign up, you don’t need to know any code, you don’t need to know how to do anything but send an email to set up your own Posterous blog and start sharing your ideas and media. Simply email post@posterous.com from any email account and Posterous will create a YourName.Posterous.com blog for you.

In conclusion:

Don’t let the at-work boredom consume you. Take control. You can be a better person for everyone else if you take a moment to let out your passion!

Want to turn your blog into a paying business?

It’s all in our “Take your Business Online” eBook HERE. Instantly download today.

Once you get going, share your blog with us! We wanna read!! Have one already? Comment below by telling us what your blog is about and include the link!

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